Since its announcement Dragon Quest XI has had a slow drip of new information. Square Enix is giving more information on the game, however, as today they’ve released a set of new details and screenshots. You can see everything below and we get a good look at everything from the protagonist and a new party member, to the different environments of the game. Square has also detailed some of the differences between the PS4 and 3DS versions.
The main character of Dragon Quest XI grows up in the village of Ishi. When he turns 16 he takes a coming-of-age ceremony, and learns something startling. He’s actually the reincarnation of the “hero” that once saved the world, and he now has a big mission to undertake. He leaves Ishi to confirm his fate, and learn the truth about his mission.
The protagonist also bears a strange birthmark on one of his hands, that glows and awakens mysterious powers in times of crisis.
Emma is a close childhood friend of the protagonist, who was born on the very same day as him. She undertakes her coming-of-age ceremony at the same time.
This blue-haired character is a thief that the protagonist encounters during his journey. Camus becomes a partner to the hero, supporting and guiding him along the way. He has a strong sense of duty and compassion.
Dragon Quest XI takes place in the world of Lotozetasia. A giant tree known as “The Great Tree of Life” is said to be the source of all life for the planet. It floats at the center of the world, and the rumors say that the hero can commune with the soul of the tree itself.
Ishi village again is where the protagonist leaves on his journey, and it’s a quiet farming village situated in the corner of the valley area. The people live peacefully, worshiping the spirits of the earth. Although there are a few small shops, the main focus of Ishi lies in its stock-farming. When they turn 16 members of the village have to undertake a coming-of-age ceremony, climbing a rocky mountain called “God’s Rock” to offer their prayers.
The area outside of the village is teeming with monsters and wildlife, and you can oftentimes see horses from Ishi grazing. In previous trailers we’ve seen that the protagonist can ride horses out in the world.
PlayStation 4 Version
The PlayStation 4 version of the game uses every bit of technology it can to vividly express fields, flowers, flowing waterfalls, and more to make the environments feel alive. Square Enix is also trying to properly depict the lifestyles and activities of townspeople.
On top of this, the familiar monsters of the Dragon Quest series are fully depicted on the PlayStation 4.
The 3DS version of the game is more of a classic throwback for the series, and you’ll see two different sights on the screen. The top screen is the “3D Mode,” while the bottom is the “2D Mode.” As you progress in the game you’ll be able to choose which mode you want to continue playing in, and you’ll be able to switch back and forth between the two.
Battles will also fully depict the monsters of the Dragon Quest series. However, there’s also an option for players to experiences battles done in a traditional pixel style.
Dragon Quest XI is scheduled to release sometime in 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS. A Nintendo Switch version of the game is also planned. We’re also set to get Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS in January, and Dragon Quest Heroes II sometime in 2017.
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